The first thing she says after her arrest is the concern for her children's safety. This proves that even after the hard and troubling times she still cares for her family more than herself. During her husband’s trial, she denies the fact the John committed adultery. She did this out of the sense of protecting him from being killed. After the death of John, she was in endless pain because she just lost the one she had come to love over and over again.
Whilst trying to prove Abigail and the other girls were pretending, John confesses, “I have known her [Abigail], sir” (3.110). The fact that he is willing to confess such a heavy sin for this purpose is a huge deal. He willingly, albeit reluctantly, soils his name and reputation to bring the truth to light. In the end, Proctor refuses to give a false confession that would condemn the others who were falsely accused. He decided what he felt was right and refused to stray from it.
(Miller 80). Reason being that John didn’t care at the moment what the court would have to say. John mostly had his mind set to try to get his wife and to help the people that were being accused. Second of all, While Mary Warren was giving her confession to the court the girls began to lie about Mary doing witch craft.
However, women found a way to have power anyways, even with non traditional methods. A witch is a person close to God and being close to God is being in a place of high power. So, when rumors of women practicing witchcraft begin to circulate, the town’s biggest fear begins to arise and they quickly tried to put a stop to it, henceforth, the witch trials commenced. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, women are able to take power from their society through various means other than gaining leadership. The ways in which women are able to achieve power include Abigail Williams’ use of dishonesty and manipulation that prompts the witch trials as well as Rebecca Nurse’s refusal of a confession that defies the conventional paradigms of the society.
Also, he truly loves Jane, and she loves him too, so he’s not manipulating her into marrying him. It’s just that he kept a giant secret from her that challenged moral integrities; and Jane is a very morally conscious person. Mr. Rochester had to know if he mentioned it earlier Jane would’ve run away and thought him a bad person, which she ended up doing after the wedding. You could argue that he wasn’t technically lying about Bertha, he just didn’t tell her. On the contrary to that, Jane does see Bertha, and thinks it’s Grace Poole, multiple time even.
Miller was highly fascinated with the stories of the Salem Witches. While reading the accounts, he soon realized how the two time periods–one being the Red Scare and the other being the Trials—connected (Miller). This realization activated his imagination and allowed him to begin writing. Thus, the creation of “The Crucible” had begun. “The Crucible” is a play that takes place during the Salem Witch Trials, where a group of young girls begin accusing innocent men and women of witchcraft.
In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", John Proctor is our passive protagonist as he tries to save his wife and others that were accused of witchcraft.Unfortunately, his attempt was in vain and his evidence had backfired.His knowledge did not stop the witch trials because of his self-respect, and the children's high reputations, and Abigail's tactful nature. John Proctor valued his self-respect because it made him confident and helped him stand up for what he believed in. John proctor's name was synonymous with honor and integrity and was most respected in Salem.However, in the Salem witch trials, Proctor became what he hated most: a hypocrite.This causes him to lose his self-respect and confidence that led to his downspiral and made his evidence less believable. Even though Proctor was armed with evidence, the jury would not believe him as he was "either with the court or against it"(Miller, the crucible pg 213).However
As stated in Document G Charles W. Upham, Salem Witchcraft, Boston, 1867 “...It was perhaps their original design to gratify a love of notoriety or of mischief by creating… excitement in their neighborhood… They soon however, became intoxicated by the terrible success of their imposture, and were caught in their own snare… It is dreadful to reflect upon the enormity of their wickedness… there can be no doubt that they were great actors.” These two girls are causing a ton of conflict within their town by pretending to show signs of witches. In Document H James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle, After the Fact, 1982 “ ...no doubt the girls shaped their performances, at least instinctively, to the expectations of the community.” The two girls are taking what they know and heard about witches and are acting or lying being witches to create havoc in the town this is one of the causes of the hysteria of
Elizabeth, a woman who has a reputation of honesty, later lies about the act of adultery committed by her husband in order to keep him alive. Elizabeth Proctor loves her husband although he may have flaws and even forgives him of one of the worst things that can occur in a marriage, adultery. Although John proctor previously told the public court that he has committed the act of adultery, Elizabeth tells of a lie to save the life of her husband. When admitting to the crime, Proctor tells the court “You can even ask my wife, a honest woman if I have committed such crime,” and she denies it. Elizabeth exclaims to the court that John is innocent and a good man of god who would never do such a thing.
In the play Abigail Williams, and Thomas Putnam’s take advantage of the pervasive fear in the village, allowing them to fulfill their selfish and exploitative motives which are what truly fuel the Salem Witch Trials. To begin with, Abigail Williams starts the accusations of witchcraft in order to fulfill her ulterior motives. We first see hints of her motives when Abigail tells John Proctor, a married man under whom she had worked that, “I am waiting’ for you every night”(1099). While Abigail worked under John and Elizabeth Proctor, she had developed feelings for John. Elizabeth removes her which angers Abigail deeply.
She is also strong enough to admit part of the blame is her own, that she has a hand in the guilt he feels about their relationship. His guilt is what is driving him to prove himself good. This leads her to decide she is not in a place to judge his actions or control his future, so she says to John, “Do what you will. But let none be your judge. There be no higher judge under Heaven than Proctor is!” (137).
In 1692 the beginning of the Salem witch trials began. A few decades later a similar occurrence happened in 1950 with the spread of McCarthyism. What started both the Salem witch trials and McCarthyism was the spread of fear and mass hysteria. Puritans during 1692 believed that the new world should be a holy place with freedom to practice your own personal religion. When witchcraft came around the puritans noticed strange behavior between the young teenage girls for example being choked by an invisible force or falling out on the floor as if possessed.
Yet, unlike Daniel, Susanna’s own reputation, thoughts, and feelings about the attempted assault, the trial, and/or her acquittal are irrelevant to the function of her story: “Hilkiah and his wife praised God for their daughter Susanna, and so did her husband Joakim and all her relatives, because she was found innocent of a shameful deed. And from that day onward Daniel had a great reputation among the people.” While, this story may focus on the actions done to Susanna, on her reputation, the true narrative belongs to Daniel and his reputation, involving his own honor and his own holiness; Susanna is a plot device to advance and accords authority to Daniel’s plot. The corruption of the elders and the deception of Israel’s people are conveyed by Biblical authors through Susanna’s narrative of assault and prosecution, and the message of God’s justification for the current Maccabean Revolt through Daniel’s tale of honor, wisdom, and
Who threatens and yet blusters. His name speaks clearly as to his past. He believes that he has been misidentified by his past crimes. In addition, while he might have been falsely accused for the first crime, it is clearly shown that he is not afraid to inflict pain upon his victims. When the Grandmother asks him about prayer he shows that he believes that there is no need for prayer, that he is doing “all right by [himself].” The Misfit is clearly knowledgeable about the scripture, showing that at one time he, himself, had a spiritual